Powell, WY


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Tessa Baker

In her last journal entry in 1925, 15-year-old Helen Mettler wrote, “God bless Wyoming and keep it wild.” The teen later died in an accident at Taggart Canyon, outside of Jackson Hole.

Superintendent Kevin Mitchell plans to leave his position in the Powell school district next year.

“It has been a great pleasure to serve the school district as superintendent of schools for the past nine years,” Mitchell wrote in a letter Friday to the Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees.

Boards to consider community education proposal next week

School district and Northwest College leaders say a proposed overhaul of Powell Valley Community Education could make the program more efficient and bring more learning opportunities to local residents.

When tough decisions arise — like what programs to cut at Northwest College or whether to declare bankruptcy at Powell Valley Healthcare — the Powell community often turns to volunteers.

Parkside Elementary School’s annual marathon drew 190 students, which is 86 percent of the school’s student population.

By connecting with students and investing in each one, Shannon Blackmore gives hope to teens at the Shoshone Learning Center.

Over the course of the school year, Southside Elementary School students ran 22,443 laps for their annual marathon, which equals 4,489 miles.

Community support needed on Main Street

A longtime Powell clothing store is shutting down this week, marking its final days as a downtown business.

This year’s Westside Elementary School marathon saw 268 students qualified for the event — an increase from last year’s 220 students.

Two members of the Powell school board are planning to resign this month.

Lisa Barrus, who serves as the board’s clerk, decided to seek employment with Park County School District No. 1, so she is leaving the board. Jason Wardell, who serves as the board’s treasurer, is also resigning because his employer is transferring him out of the state, said Greg Borcher, chairman of the Park County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees.

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